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Dillian Whyte given 28-day medical ban after brutal knockout defeat against Alexander Povetkin

Dillian Whyte has been handed a 28-day medical suspension following his devastating knockout defeat by Alexander Povetkin.

The Brixton fighter’s world title hopes have been left in tatters after suffering a brutal loss against Povetkin and has now been put of action for four weeks.

The British Boxing Board of Control imposed the ban on Whyte – which also prohibits him from sparring – this week.

Whyte is targeting an immediate rematch with Povetkin later this year and his promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted it will not affect their plans.

Hearn, who wants the rematch to happen this winter, told Boxing Social: ‘Dillian has to go at the end of November at the latest.

‘That would mean a three-week rest now and getting back into camp.

‘He’s physically fine, we know it was a bad knockout and there will be a 28-day suspension which won’t really affect this fight.’

Whyte had been controlling the fight and had Povetkin on the canvas twice before the Russian detonated a powerful uppercut in the fifth round.

The defeat saw Whyte relinquish his No 1 challenger spot with the WBC and put any of his world title ambitions on the backburner.

Had he prevailed against Povetkin on Saturday night, Whyte would have been in a position to challenge the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s trilogy fight for the WBC title but now must win the rematch to re-enter the picture for a title shot. 

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has however warned the 32-year-old Brit that rushing back to face Povetkin again is a ‘crazy decision’.

‘I’m a bit surprised they’re talking about trying to get it on in November,’ he told talkSPORT.

‘Straight away when you get knocked out, the British Boxing Board of Control give a minimum 28/30 days before you can even get back into the gym and resume sparring.

‘But when you get a bad knockout, and that was a bad knockout, sometimes they extend that to maybe 45 days.

‘To be saying they’re gonna put that fight back on again in November is crazy.

‘Anybody around Dillian Whyte – and I’m sure Dillian would fight him tomorrow – but anyone around him needs to protect him and ensure that doesn’t happen.’ 

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